Tobacco and Nicotine Addiction

Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States, making tobacco and smoking prevention, cessation, and policy issues a top priority in public health. Get involved in the fight against tobacco and nicotine with help from the AAFP. 

You CAN Make a Difference

As family physicians, we have real power in the fight against tobacco, smoking, and nicotine.

  • At least 70% of people who use tobacco products in the United States see a physician each year.
  • Approximately 42,000 lives could be saved, if physicians would advise 90% of smokers to quit, and offer them medication or other assistance.
  • Tobacco cessation more than doubles when evidence-based intervention programs are utilized.

Tobacco/Smoking Prevention and Cessation Products from the AAFP

Find information, education, and program support products for your patients and practice.


Resources from the AAFP

In an effort to support family physicians who are taking a frontline approach to prevention and treatment of tobacco use and nicotine dependence, the AAFP provides a variety of products, programs and valuable resources for your patients and your practice.


Ask and Act : A Program for Tobacco Cessation

This tobacco / smoking cessation program from the AAFP encourages family physicians to ASK all patients about tobacco use, then to ACT to help them quit.  Learn more »


Tobacco and Nicotine Cessation Toolkit

Access online and downloadable resources for your office and community, including advocacy and evidence-based knowledge on tobacco prevention and cessation issues. View the toolkit »


AAFP Policies & Recommendations


Billing & Coding Reference for Tobacco / Smoking Screening and Cessation

Get guidance on billing and coding tobacco / smoking screening and cessation interventions. Learn more »


Tar Wars: Tobacco Prevention Program

Tar Wars is a tobacco and smoking prevention education program designed to help fourth- and fifth-grade students be tobacco and smoke-free.
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The AAFP offers annual, customizable mini-grants, available to chapters and family medicine residency programs, for tobacco prevention and control efforts at the state and local level. Learn more »

COPD Comprehensive

This evidence-based curriculum on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is specifcally developed for family medicine residents and practicing physicians, and written by family medicine residency directors and faculty. Includes four online learning modules with pre- and post-tests as well as three case studies for review. Learn more »


Office Champions for Tobacco Cessation Project

Read about recent efforts to help family physicians implement systems changes and integrate tobacco and smoking cessation activities into daily office routines. Learn more »






AAFP members play a critical role in advocating for effective policies to prevent, treat and ultimately eliminate tobacco and nicotine addiction. Learn more »